Assistant Warden Volunteer Internship - Pulborough, Sussex

Tuesday 29 May 2018
Vacancy type:
Pulborough Brooks

What we're looking for

We need 2 dedicated volunteer interns to help our Wardening team at our Pulborough Brooks, Amberley Wildbrooks and Lewes Brooks Nature Reserves The successful candidate will work alongside the Warden team, focusing on habitat management, reserve maintenance, surveys and public engagement events Regular duties will include: • Making repairs to our site infrastructure such as gates, fences and benches • Assisting and leading our Tuesday and Friday volunteer work parties with practical conservation work • Carrying out machinery and vehicle maintenance including maintenance logs • Managing invasive species • Monitoring of breeding waders • Maintaining an anti-predator fence • Livestock lookering and moving • Water level management • Grassland management • Taking part in monthly WeBS counts • Monitoring mink/water vole rafts • Maintaining wildlife records Inductions/relevant training for each task will be given beforehand and ongoing support provided by the warden and assistant wardens.

The skills you need

Essential skills/requirements: • 18 years old or over • Available for the full 12 months • Have achieved A-levels or equivalent • IT literate • The ability to work in a team & a strong work ethic • Enthusiasm and flexibility • Confident, friendly and polite phone manner & face to face • Ability to actively listen to others • Ability to use your initiative • Ability to think and work creatively • An interest in wildlife and conservation • A full driving licence is also required for this role as some sites are remote. • A willingness to undertake strenuous manual labour outside in all weathers Desirable: • Previous experience of practical work and volunteering experience is an advantage but not essential • A good people person

Your time

3 days a week (7.5 hours per day)
12 months
August 2018 to August 2019

What's in it for you?

This scheme is designed to give you the training and experience needed for a career in conservation. We will assist your personal development and progression towards a conservation career, but it is also important that you take advantage of the opportunities that will arise during the placement to learn new skills, gain new experiences and increase your conservation knowledge. Specifically, this role will provide you with: • Excellent practical experience of working on a nature reserve and managing different habitats for wildlife • Training and experience of using machinery and power tools such as • Brushcutter, chainsaw, pesticides and ATV • Training and experience of specialist computer applications such as Merlin. • First aid training • Experience of working in a team and supervising others • A working knowledge of the RSPB and conservation issues • Some experience of other aspects of a reserve such as visitor services and events • The opportunity to receive; training on CV writing & interview techniques; career coaching; access to our internal vacancies during your volunteering internship; a reference on successful completion of your placement • A dedicated mentor who will monitor your progress and help with personal development throughout the internship. • A formal appraisal at the end of your internship

How to apply


Hayley Flanders, Pulborough Brooks
Tel: 01798 875851
Email: Hayley.Flanders@RSPB.ORG.UK


There will no accommodation offered with this role as it is a non residential placement. There will be an initial 4 week trial period, followed by regular meetings with your mentor and six month reviews. We'd reimburse you for all pre-agreed out-of-pocket expenses (e.g., travel expenses to and from the reserve) invite you to volunteer thank you events, send you copies of our monthly volunteer newsletter and of course give you ongoing support in your role. Undertaking an internship will not guarantee you a job with the RSPB. Our internships are designed to offer work experience. However, interns can apply for our paid vacancies, including those only advertised internally. For obvious reasons an intern would need to have proved themselves in their current role, before expecting their volunteering experience to assist in an application to a paid post. For an application pack, please contact Hayley Flanders at or call 01798 875851. Send your completed application to Hayley either via email or by post to RSPB Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve, Wiggonholt, West Sussex, RH20 2EL Deadline for application is 09:00 on Monday 18th June Interviews will be held during the week commencing Monday 2nd June Start date beginning August 2018 For further information, or to discuss the role please call Paul Spiers: 01798 875851 If you are claiming welfare benefits and intend to continue doing so whilst volunteering please be aware of planned changes to the benefits system with the introduction of the new Universal Credit in 2013. For more formation on volunteering and claiming the Universal Credit please see the following article on the Volunteering England website Reference number: 7842

Reference number 7842